Welcome future guitar players! The guitar is
perhaps the most ubiquitous instrument of the present day. Guitars
are of central importance in jazz, rock, folk, blues, and classical music just to name a few.
As a guitar teacher, I try to introduce my students to as many different
styles as possible without losing sight of the need for fundamentals.
All my students are given a solid foundation in note reading, music theory, and ear training. That said, I am fully
aware that people often want to learn to play the guitar just like
their favorite musician. Bring in your favourite song and
listen to it together. Most likely I can show you how to play anything
you want to learn!
Is there a more beautiful
instrument than the piano? Ok, maybe I have a biased viewpoint. I have
been teaching piano now for over 25 years and I never get tired of hearing my students play. Listen to one of
my student CD's and you will understand why. All my students receive a firm grounding in music theory, note reading, and ear training. I offer students a diversity of musical styles to learn including jazz, blues, classical, and popular music. Students are also able to write RCM examinations if they so desire. I also like to venture past the written note by
exploring concepts like chart reading and improvisation. As a jazz musician, I am constantly impressed by how even my youngest students can improvise over a jazz or blues chord progression.
How does that old saying go?
"You can lead a horse to water, but...". We all know the rest.
Music lessons can be like this. You cannot force someone to be a musician.
If it happens, it is a blessing. If not then that's OK too (I have enough
competition). Ultimately, my goal as a music teacher is to convince a
student that music is fun and something you can do all your life even as an amature. Yes
it is a large amount of work, but so is
anything worth while. After over 25 years teaching music to people of
all ages, I can honestly say that the overwhelming majority of my students
actually love music. We explore the different styles and concepts together
as a team with a unified goal. The days are gone when I would have to
fight with students in order to get them to practice. Now they actually
want to practice! This was not always the case. When I first started teaching,
I honestly had no idea how to motivate children. I taught music in order to survive
as a musician. Over the years, I developed ways to get students to
practice without hounding them to do so. (Probably out of a need to
keep my sanity). The payoff is an incredibly enjoyable workday where
I listen to and discuss wonderful music. I can think of no better occupation.